The course focuses mainly on the basic elements that constitute the ‘language’ and the art of cinema. Through extensive viewing of numerous clips from a wide selection of feature-length fiction films the course aims to introduce the student to the major cinematic concepts, principles and techniques that explain how movies work and how they affect us. The scope of the course is limited to the communicative, narrative and aesthetic properties of film, especially of the feature film (both commercial and arty); references to the technological and socio-historical development of film, to its relationship with other art forms, and to major schools of criticism and theory will be made occasionally. By the end of the course students are expected to have acquired: A general knowledge about film as an art form in relation to other art forms A general knowledge about cinematic language, that is: Basic film language units (frame, scene, sequence) and modes of transition between them. A notion about the aesthetics of the image (image composition) Basics of film syntax (e.g. montage) and of film narrativity. Basics of film criticism. (Note: 4 hours per week of instruction) Course textbook and outline/bibliography (6-7 book titles) are available. Assessment: Continuous with 2 in-class tests or take-home essays, no final exam.